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1872 Shield Nickel PCGS MS66

1872 Shield Nickel PCGS MS66

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $4,250.00

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1893 Liberty Nickel PCGS PR66+CAM (CAC)

1893 Liberty Nickel PCGS PR66+CAM (CAC)

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PCGS Cert #15289420cac

PCGS Population: 6 Higher: 13
CAC Population/Higher: 21/6

Priced at: $3,000.00

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1907 Liberty Nickel PCGS PR66CAM (CAC)

1907 Liberty Nickel PCGS PR66CAM (CAC)

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cac

PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $2,750.00

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1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece

In early 1938 the Commission of Fine Arts announced an open competition to design a new nickel with the likeness of Thomas Jefferson. There were 390 artists who answered the call and submitted designs, some of them well known, some of them relatively unknown. I am sure that it didn’t hurt that in the midst of the Great Depression that there was a $1,000 prize for the winning design.

Amongst the aforementioned 390 artists, it was Felix Schlag’s design that was accepted. As is common practice then, and now, artists found way to further capitalize on their new found fame. With that in mind, Mr. Schlag acquired 150 Proof versions of new nickel from the mint and had them framed so as to sell them to the public.

In frames measuring approximately 9×11, Mr. Schlag signed the mat-board and had them notarized on September 20th, 1939, nearly one year after issue. The inside reads as follows:

“FIRST PRIZE WINNER AMONG 390 COMPETING ARTISTS IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR A NEW FIVE CENT COIN, APRIL 20,1938 (SIGNED) ‘FELIX SCHLAG’ SCULPTOR”

PROOF JEFFERSON NICKEL 1938

UPON REQUEST FELIX SCHLAG-DESIGNER OF THIS COIN HAS CONSENTED TO SIGN 150 PROOF JEFFERSON NICKELS-OF WHICH THE COIN ABOVE IS NUMBER __-SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS 29TH DAY OF SETPEMB. A.D. 1939

Signed illegibly,

NOTARY PUBLIC

At Numismatic Americana Incorporated we have bought and sold many of the available 150 pieces over the years, including the number 1 specimen. These are great items for the collector of American history, Jefferson nickels, or just someone looking for a nice piece to hang in their den. We are proud to offer the following pieces for your consideration.

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #132

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #132

Number 132. In what I believe to be the original frame (although it is a little scuffed up). Ruggedly handsome.

Priced at: $2,000.00

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1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #145

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #145

Number 145. In a modern frame (done by us), as close as possible to the original. Insides are very fresh, and this would look great on any Numismatist’s wall.

Priced at: $1,750.00

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Two Guns Great Northern Railway Print Ad Painted by Winold Reiss

Two Guns Great Northern Railway Print Ad Painted by Winold Reiss

Winold Reiss (1886-1953) was a German-born artist who immigrated to America in 1913 at 27-years of age after having trained as an artist in Germany. Surviving photographs suggest he was not dissimilar in appearance to a young Albert Einstein. He described himself as a modernist, though the term realist was added later, and his works were exhibited extensively during his lifetime. After death, his works continued to receive study and acclaim and they are still exhibited regularly. Recent exhibits include viewings at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), the German Consulate (New York, NY) and Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY).

Reiss (pronounced “Rice”) believed that portraits could capture the soul of the individual and he produced a series of portraits titled the “New Negroes” in Harlem that received wide acclaim before going to the US West to produce Native American portraits of members of the Blackfeet and Blood Indians of the US Northwest and Canada. This latter series would be used in an extensive advertising campaign by the Great Northern Railway. Larger works include the Cincinnati Union Terminal Mural.

The present print ad is titled “Two Guns” with caption-

“Son of one of the last great Pecunnie Chieftains, White Calf, who died in Washington, D.C., in 1904, while there on a mission for his people.”

The bottom margin of the portrait also has “Printed in U.S.A.” on the right side and “From original portrait by Winold Reiss, New York. Copyright Great Northern Ry. Co., Saint Paul”. This series of advertisements were apparently produced in 1940, though it cannot be stated unequivocally that there were not slightly prior or later productions.

The subject of the portrait, Two Guns (1872-1934), has long been associated with the Buffalo nickel. Two Guns became a chief upon the death of his father and headed up a largely secret organization named the Mad Dog Society that had as its goal the preservation of Blackfoot heritage. He also continued to request or otherwise compel the United States government to pay the monies owed to Native Americans, where he and his goals were not always accepted readily. The lasting “claim to fame” for Two Guns, in the eyes of most living today, would be his association with the portrait on the Buffalo nickel. James Earle Fraser had written in 1913 that Iron Tail, Two Moons “and one or two others” were used to produce a composite portrait. Almost immediately, John Two Guns White Calf emerged as the third person in the composite, though this has never been proven definitively.

The print ad featured here is approximately 9 inches x 12 inches with overall terrific integrity to the paper though it has some corner dents and mild, localized creases consistent with its age. The reverse is unmarked, but has an approximately 2-3 inch remnant of fabric-type tape at the center top. The portrait was produced in bright, vivid colors and this has been retained.

 

Priced at: $275.00

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Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and capable. The winner of the competition would receive $1,000 and the committee to pick the winner would be composed of Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint along with the sculptors Sidney Waugh, Albert Stewart and Heinz Warneke. Two of the major requirements were that the models could not be signed and that any artist that would have liked to have had his or her models returned would have to pay for the return shipping. Additional detailed instructions as to the format and content were included in the announcement. Approximately 390-entries were submitted and, unfortunately, the great majority of those entries have not been found and/or connected to their artists. The winner of the competition was of course Felix Schlag, with Honorable Mention going to Henry Kreis. Kreis is better known to modern numismatists as the designer of the Connecticut and Bridgeport commemorative half dollars and the artist who engraved the obverse of the Robinson commemorative half dollar. Although Schlag won the competition, the final reverse design chosen to be placed into production bore little resemblance to his dramatic three-quarters view of Monticello.

The two plaster models included here are without signature marks of any type.  They are most likely a pair submitted at one time by a single artist as their patina and style look quite similar. The creamy, antique white obverse has IN GOD WE TRUST in front of the portrait, a widely spaced LIBERTY above and a closely spaced date set off-center below. There are some pencil marks that appear to be guidelines on the model as well as some tape on the edge, though the tape does not appear to have any function. The reverse is unmarked aside from some red, violet or pink ink that has long ago bled. The most dramatic feature readily visible, aside from the design, are a pair of holes drilled neatly through the model, each with an outer diameter of approximately 3/8 inch, perhaps for mounting on a wall. The likely mate for this obverse is a reverse that is strikingly similar to what was finally put into production later in 1938. It has many of the features we are familiar with on the first Jefferson nickels, but also has a pair of bold stars and the fine details of Monticello are in striking relief. Interestingly, the ink seen on the obverse mate is also seen on this piece in the field beneath E PLURIBUS UNUM as well as on the reverse. Additionally, myriad pencil markings are on the surfaces, generally along the edge and plain back, as well as a fairly large chip that has been lost from the rim above the A in AMERICA. This model also has holes drilled into it.

Each model is approximately 8-1/2 x ¾ inches.

 

Priced at: $7,500.00

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Unsigned Plaster Model for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

Unsigned Plaster Model for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and capable. The winner of the competition would receive $1,000 and the committee to pick the winner would be composed of Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint along with the sculptors Sidney Waugh, Albert Stewart and Heinz Warneke. Two of the major requirements were that the models could not be signed and that any artist that would have liked to have had his or her models returned would have to pay for the return shipping. Additional detailed instructions as to the format and content were included in the announcement. Approximately 390-entries were submitted and, unfortunately, the great majority of those entries have not been found and/or connected to their artists. The winner of the competition was of course Felix Schlag, with Honorable Mention going to Henry Kreis. Kreis is better known to modern numismatists as the designer of the Connecticut and Bridgeport commemorative half dollars and the artist who engraved the obverse of the Robinson commemorative half dollar. Although Schlag won the competition, the final reverse design chosen to be placed into production bore little resemblance to his dramatic three-quarters view of Monticello.

The plaster model included here is without signature marks of any type.  It is a snowy white obverse model with IN GOD WE TRUST behind Jefferson’s head, LIBERTY spaced widely directly above his portrait and spaced widely and centered beneath. The model has very visible, raised guidelines for the letters and numbers and some mild staining by TY of LIBERTY. The reverse and sides are essentially unmarked with a few chips noted near the base, which are not visible when looking directly at the plaster.

The model is approximately 8-1/2 x ¾ inches.

 

Priced at: $4,500.00

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Notes on Our Next Show

FUN 60th Annual Convention

January 8-11, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

If you have items to SELL please stop by our table and we will be happy to discuss purchasing them

We will also have many items with us for you to view. If you are looking for anything in particular, or have an interest in anything on our website, please email or give us a call, prior to the show and we will make sure we bring this item for you to view.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

Show Schedule

FUN 60th Annual Convention
January 8-11, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

National Money Show
March 5-7, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Central States Numismatic Society
April 22-25, 2015
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

Colorado Springs Coin Show
June 25-28, 2015
Freedom Financial Services Expo Center
Colorado Springs, CO